Friday, October 14, 2011

ABC Picks-Up Full Seasons of Suburgatory & Revenge; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of October 17, 2011)

As we predicted they would after Wednesday's airings, ABC has picked-up freshman comedy Suburgatory (Wednesdays at 8:30pm) and new primetime soap Revenge (Wednesdays at 10pm) to full seasons! As of now, ABC has ordered the "back nine," which means both series will have at least 22 episodes this season instead of the original order of 13. Suburgatory has aired three times thus far and has remained steady and a big improvement for ABC over last season's Better with You. The series has averaged a very solid 3.2 18-49 rating. The same goes true for new drama Revenge, which has been a big improvement for ABC in this timeslot and has had the best ratings since 2007 (Dirty Sexy Money). The series won its timeslot last night in 18-49 and saw a 17% increase over the previous week and has averaged a solid 2.8 18-49 rating in the tough 10pm hour. Both series have plenty of buzz and support, so these could be around well past this season.
ABC is likely going to pick-up the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing for a full season once they see the ratings for week two. The series delivered a 3.6 (3.5 in the first airing and a 3.7 in the second) in 18-49 for its two-episode premiere on Tuesday night, the best premiere for an 8pm comedy in 18-49 since 2006 (CBS' The Class) and total viewers since 2004 (NBC's Joey)! ABC will also take a look at Pan Am on Sunday, as that has a chance of a pick-up but it isn't a lock since ratings haven't been stable yet. The ratings for Charlie's Angels from last night, which was a remake of the classic episode from the original series "Angels in Chains," could make (meaning buying it another week) or break (meaning pulling it effective next week) the series (at the time of this writing, ratings are not known). ABC still has two new series premiering this fall: new comedy Man Up! next Tuesday after Last Man Standing and new drama from the writer of Lost, titled Once Upon a Time, which could be a sleeper hit.
One final note, we end this story on a happy note, ABC has ordered six additional scripts for second season comedy Happy Endings! As Penny would say, "ah-mazzing!" The series aired 13 episodes last spring and buzz began and has continued this fall with a bigger platform, airing after the megahit Modern Family. For the second time in three weeks, the series hit a series high this past Wednesday night. Hopefully the additional scripts turns into episodes and then eventually a full season (as of now the series has an order of 13 episodes). "Yeah buoy!" Stay with us for further updates!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of October 17-21, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Watch Michael on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones - The cast of Two and a Half Men present a Top Ten List on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Ellen visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - The adorkable Zooey appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Tune in to see Billy on The Gayle King Show at 10am ET on OWN and on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm ET on HLN.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men/Spin City) - Catch Charlie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Rayond) - Patricia stops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and later chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny) - Fran is a guest on The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl visits The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline appears on The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aubrey on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - The lovely Ms. Bowen is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings) - Tune in to see Elisha on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - The young and talented Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia visits The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Catch Maya on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings and later he will be on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and then visits LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah continues to make the rounds on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am ET.
Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show/The Ropers) - Watch Jeffrey on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Billy is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 18

The Big Bang Theory - "The Inspiration Deprivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The concept of what it would mean for women everywhere if Amy were to win a Nobel Prize causes Amy to have a meltdown. Also, Koothrappali and Wolowitz try to relive the good old days after Wolowitz buys a scooter that looks like the one he had years ago. Oscar-winning actress Regina King returns as Janine.

Life in Pieces - "Jungle Push Resort Anniversary" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren’t quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle. Nat Faxon guest stars as Hayes, an expat proprietor at a Yucatan eco-resort.

Mom - "Lumbar Support and Old Pork" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie has an unexpected reaction when she learns that Adam’s bar is doing well. Also, Christy and Tammy go on a double date.

Life in Pieces - "Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen’s pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend’s studio. Joey King guest stars as Morgan, a 17-year-old pregnant teen who is considering placing her baby for adoption with Matt and Colleen.

Superstore - "Easter" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Suspicious that people are making fun of her, Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) spy on Cloud 9 employees through the security system, while Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to track down an unsanctioned Easter Bunny in the store. Glenn (Mark McKinney) preps for his church’s Passion play.

A.P. Bio - "Personal Everest" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack is outraged when his old high school bully is hired as a motivational speaker at Whitlock. Meanwhile, Mary, Stef, and Michelle set their own personal goals of female empowerment, unintentionally causing a rift between Helen and Durbin.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Bimbo" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Holt and Jake investigate a case at Kevin’s university. Back at the precinct, Terry and Amy take the squad out for lunch.

Abby's - "Book Club" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When it’s revealed that Fred has a crush on a bar patron, Abby and Beth encourage a reluctant Fred to start dating.

Better Things - "Easter" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam helps Max and bakes for Phil.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 15)

Thursday, April 18

  • Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) - Catch Sharon and Rob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. They will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Tichina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Beth Behrs (The Neighborhood/2 Broke Girls) - Beth is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James chats about Life in Pieces on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country/Murphy Brown) - Lily drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP/Scream Queens) - Keke guest co-hosts ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) and Rick Fox (The Game/Mr. Box Office) - Holly and Rick talk about Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Morning Show Mysteries on Access Live, so check your local listings. Holly will also be on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred) - Fiona appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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